On Saturday, October 15, 2016 NASA’s Wallops Island hosted a pair of OA-5 prelaunch briefings for tomorrow’s planned Cygnus resupply mission to the International Space Station. Representatives from NASA, Orbital ATK, the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), NanoRacks and Edge of Space met with members of the press and invited members of NASA Social to talk about the various science experiments heading to the ISS aboard the Cygnus cargo freighter.
Jitendra Joshi displays a sample of material intended to be tested in the SAFFIRE experiment aboard the Cygnus capsule following its delivery to the ISS. Photo credit: Jared Haworth / We Report Space
Earlier this year, the Cygnus OA-6 mission carried an experiment named SAFFIRE I, which investigated fire burning in space (a potentially dangerous activity which requires careful study). Based on the results from that experiment, the OA-5 mission will launch SAFFIRE II into orbit tomorrow night.
(Side note, due to scheduling changes between Orbital ATK and United Launch Alliance earlier this year, the fifth Cygnus mission flew under the headline OA-6 aboard an Atlas V rocket, while this weekend’s launch of the sixth Cygnus mission will be termed OA-5, and use the new upgraded ...